BLAZE may be the least sleazy movie about whoring since THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS. Paul Newman stars as Louisiana governor Earl K. Long in this sanitized romance adapted by director Ron Shelton from the autobiography of Blaze Starr, the Bourbon Street stripper who supposedly
stole Long's heart. After tracing the background of aspiring singer-turned-burlesque diva Starr (Lolita Davidovich), the film concentrates on Long's courtship of her (his real-life wife is absent from the film, as is the divorce Starr was going through when she met Long). The proud stripper falls
for the governor, but Long's fortunes decline after his ex-cronies plot to have him commi...